These days, when it rains, it really pours. Due to global climate change, “Heavy downpours are increasing nationally,” noted the National Climate Assessment’s 2014 report, compiled by hundreds of experts overseen by a 60-member federal advisory committee. And in the Southeast, rain intensity has increased nearly 30 percent in recent decades, the report concluded.
Here in Asheville, however, climate change is only one factor driving a rising tide of stormwater problems. Aging infrastructure and rapid rates of development are exacerbating the weather issues. And meanwhile, longtime residents in many parts of town say some streets, yards and basements that had never experienced flooding before are now turning into raging rivers or roiling pools with frightening regularity.
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